We told you how Lego was going to start offering electronic products for kids. Take a look at their Animation Station Video Camera that has a 1.4-inch color LCD flip-out display, record/function buttons, a 5-way navigational pad and a detachable remote. The cam comes complete with a how-to guide for amateur photographers as well as editing software. Digital Blue has plans to release it either late summer or early fall with a retail price of $79.99.
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Digital Blue has teamed with Lego to bring an entire line of kids’ gadgets out to play. Included in the series will be a digital cam, a video camera, MP3 player, walkie talkie and other electronics. Although they will have the look of the blocks, fortunately the users cannot dissemble them. Look for a summer release. We bet this would be a good gift for those Lego addicted friends of yours as well as the kidlets.
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We had to share this collection of images that show you what we have long suspected, that after we go out for the evening or to bed, our toys really do come out and play. The images include Lego figures, evil Muppets, Happy Tree Friends, Star Wars action figures, Wall-E, and Mario and his buddies. We wonder if the collection’s creators were into “Robot Chicken” or simply caught them in the act.
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We never tire of Lego-like gadgets, although there seems to be a new one daily. Homade’s faux Brick Flash Drive is plug and play in your USB port with no software needed. In a size of 15 x 30 x 7mm, it is practically tiny but enhanced for Windows Readyboost. Attach to backpack, cell phone or key chain. Choose one of the seven colors in 2GB memory for $30.00 or the 4GB flash drive model for $42.00.
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We never tire of Lego gadgets. This one is a mini-webcam in a Duplo block that goes into your USB port. The cam measures 31 x 31 x 13mm, comes in brown, and has a 3.2 MP picture interpolate and integrated microphone. Mount it on your flat panel display or notebook with a Magnet Grip and you will get images at 30 fps. Software is included and the cam is compatible with Windows XP/SP2/Vista at a price of $149.99. “123Smile” also makes other one-of-a-kind items out of Legos, including flash drives, USB hubs, and mini-lights.
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Homeloo has a slew of Lego-esque products. Their Homade MP3 Player has a rechargeable Li-ion battery and supports a 2GB microSD card. It features raised buttons for control and file managing. You can connect it to your USB port with the included cable. At a size of 24 x 3cm and a weight of about 400g, the player also comes with headphone and strap for $46.00. Homade also offers a Mini-iStereo Dock Speaker for $16.99 and an iStereo Speaker for $39.99.
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Today, the LEGO brick turned 50 years old. That is quite an achievement for a toy that, at first glance, is so simple. I guess that just reiterates that while you can pack every feature under the sun into a device, simplicity is really what matters. Just take a look at some of Apple‘s recent innovations to see what I mean. Anyhow, back to LEGO. My friend Joel Johnson over at Boing Boing Gadgets decided it best to spend a couple weeks worth of evenings putting together the Ultimate Collectors Millennium Falcon LEGO set. This thing features over 5,000 individual parts that need to be carefully fit together to create one bad-ass looking piece of LEGO beauty - a daunting task, indeed. Joel created a time lapse video, which we have posted above for your enjoyment.
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Think Lego Mindstorms meets Radio Shack. Bug Labs has been working on their Bug Base—a fully modifiable, open-source gadget building block system. The base itself includes specs similar to “a three-year-old laptop” but includes WiFi and Ethernet, USB and more. Once you have the base, you can add additional “modules,” including LCD displays, GPS, cameras, motion sensors and tons more. Each of the modules will require you to program them using a software package similar to VisualStudio in appearance, but everything is open source. Bug Labs has about 80 different sensors on the roadmap right now and they’re constantly interfacing with the community to come up with new ideas.
The concept has a lot of promise and some great tinkering cred. For the first 60 days, they’re offering an early-adopter special with the base costing just $299 (down from $349) and modules ranging from $49-$119. Pre-orders began on January 21st and will ship by March.
Take a look at our video to see us get our hands on the base and its modules and to talk to Jeremy from Bug Labs about what’s coming down the road and what’s in store for Bug Labs.
See, it’s stuff like this that absolutely blows us away. We’ve seen a lot of people do some interesting things with LEGOs in the past, but we think this recreation of the Zanzibar map from Halo 2 may take the cake. This was done by a college student who seemingly had way too much time on his hands.
After nearly two years of building and thousands of dollars sunk into my project, it’s finished. This is my latest video which details how I made my famous Lego model of Zanzibar from it’s very first stage, to the now near completed form. I wanted to make this video so that everyone will get the facts straight. I originally sent the picture and video files that you’ll see in this video to Bungie Studios where they incorporated them into the Halo 3 Legendary edition bonus disk.
Check the video for the full scoop, and prepare to be amazed.